Hockey Canada celebrates 100-year anniversary in Sylvan Lake

With plenty of fun and activities in tow, Hockey Canada’s nationwide Century Tour came to an end in Sylvan Lake over the weekend.

Alexander Shadbolt controls the ball in an on-ice session with Mike Dundas of Hockey Canada during the Century Tour’s stop in Sylvan Lake last Friday.

Alexander Shadbolt controls the ball in an on-ice session with Mike Dundas of Hockey Canada during the Century Tour’s stop in Sylvan Lake last Friday.

With plenty of fun and activities in tow, Hockey Canada’s nationwide Century Tour came to an end in Sylvan Lake over the weekend.

The tour’s Sylvan Lake stop marked its last in a nearly year-long celebration of Hockey Canada’s 100-year anniversary, for which it visited 100 towns and cities across Canada.

During the three-day celebration, held at the Sylvan Lake Canadian Tire, hockey fanatics were given the chance to view interactive historic displays inside a large mobile caravan and take part in skills sessions on a synthetic ice surface.

Hockey Canada also teamed up with Canadian Tire to present Canadian Tire Hero of Play awards to three Sylvan Lakers in recognition of their “behind-the-scenes” contributions to the game locally.

Graham Parsons, Daryl Pickering and Jim Lawrence were recognized during a brief ceremony attended by Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre and Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins.

“We know that for every hockey coach, for every hockey parent and for every success in hockey, there’s volunteers behind that,” said McIntyre, adding his appreciation for the tour’s stop in Sylvan Lake.

“We know that hockey is part of the identity of Sylvan Lake, it’s part of the culture of Sylvan Lake and it’s I think appropriate in our minds that the final stop of the Century Tour celebrating 100 years of hockey in Canada is right here in Sylvan Lake.”

Former professional hockey players Rhett Warrener, Mike Moller and France Montour also made appearances at Century Tour events over the weekend.